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A PERFECT LIFE, IN A PERFECT CITY For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. School, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outs A PERFECT LIFE, IN A PERFECT CITY For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. School, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outside the computerized tapestry of city control – and helping him will throw Shion’s life into chaos and start him down a path to discovering the appalling secrets behind the superficial perfection of No. 6.


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A PERFECT LIFE, IN A PERFECT CITY For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. School, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outs A PERFECT LIFE, IN A PERFECT CITY For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. School, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outside the computerized tapestry of city control – and helping him will throw Shion’s life into chaos and start him down a path to discovering the appalling secrets behind the superficial perfection of No. 6.

30 review for No. 6: The Manga, Volume 01

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mizumi

    Not going to lie, my main motivation to get the manga was the art. I just really love the toi8 designs (and some of the designs leaked into the novel covers as well later on, so I suspect that's not just me. Seriously, Nezumi (oh, sorry, Rat) with novel-canonical short hair is hard to picture at this point). I won't really go into depth about the story here, since I'm currently also re-reading the novels and I fully plan on catching up with those before the manga does. My final review of the ent Not going to lie, my main motivation to get the manga was the art. I just really love the toi8 designs (and some of the designs leaked into the novel covers as well later on, so I suspect that's not just me. Seriously, Nezumi (oh, sorry, Rat) with novel-canonical short hair is hard to picture at this point). I won't really go into depth about the story here, since I'm currently also re-reading the novels and I fully plan on catching up with those before the manga does. My final review of the entire series will be at the final volume of each adaptation respectively, I suspect. (It helps my case that the first volume of the manga only covers about the first half of the first novel, so I can read pretty slowly.) I was a bit weary of the translation at first, as I know nothing about Kodansha's translations other than snippets from the new release of Sailor Moon, which was... well, less than stellar. However, No. 6 is good, nothing that pulled me out of the story and though my brain automatically replaces every instance of Rat with Nezumi, that has more to do with me being used to read his name as Nezumi than anything else. The story is just getting started in the first volume, and I'm definitely planning on getting the rest of the manga in English as well now, considering the translation quality for this volume. (On a side note, it's good to see Shion can't shut up about how pretty Rat's grey eyes are in the manga, too. That's how we know you, Shion. About as subtle as the house of Dorothy Gale.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    -- I took a gamble in buying the first volume of this series without really knowing anything about it. I ended up really enjoying this first volume. At first, I thought it might be meant for a younger audience, but it actually ended up being a lot more mature than that. It kind of gave me a Hunger Games/The Giver vibe. I'd really like to continue with this series! -- I took a gamble in buying the first volume of this series without really knowing anything about it. I ended up really enjoying this first volume. At first, I thought it might be meant for a younger audience, but it actually ended up being a lot more mature than that. It kind of gave me a Hunger Games/The Giver vibe. I'd really like to continue with this series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    My favorite anime is now a manga! Man, I was so excited when I came across it in Amazon UK's shop! I love the setting, the adventures of Shion and Rat, the blossoming love between them. As I have said many times in the past, Shion and Rat remind me of X-Men's Charles and Erik, respectively. Shion is a child of privilege but so kind-hearted and willing to help anyone, he would give the shirt off his back to a person in need. Rat is a child of oppression, full of hate, disillusioned and determined My favorite anime is now a manga! Man, I was so excited when I came across it in Amazon UK's shop! I love the setting, the adventures of Shion and Rat, the blossoming love between them. As I have said many times in the past, Shion and Rat remind me of X-Men's Charles and Erik, respectively. Shion is a child of privilege but so kind-hearted and willing to help anyone, he would give the shirt off his back to a person in need. Rat is a child of oppression, full of hate, disillusioned and determined to tear the world down, and yet he has a soft spot for Shion... Wonderful. Truly wonderful.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jahanzaib Asim

    Eeeeeeeeek. ❤️ Loved this so much. AAAAAAA

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    4/5stars this was SUPER action packed and gripping right from the start! I think I'll definitely be picking up the others! 4/5stars this was SUPER action packed and gripping right from the start! I think I'll definitely be picking up the others!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    I don't know why, but this book just didn't work for me. I have no real problems with the writing, or the setting, or the characters. The pace is pretty good in this volume, and there's quite a bit that happens. I can understand getting sucked into the ongoing questions about what's going on in No. 6. Even the art is good, polished and consistent. I have nothing concrete to complain about, but I just didn't connect with it. I don't know why, but this book just didn't work for me. I have no real problems with the writing, or the setting, or the characters. The pace is pretty good in this volume, and there's quite a bit that happens. I can understand getting sucked into the ongoing questions about what's going on in No. 6. Even the art is good, polished and consistent. I have nothing concrete to complain about, but I just didn't connect with it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    Non-yaoi manga with gay relationships that is canon... sign me in. I already watched the anime and let me tell you, Nezumi and Shion— they’re too precious. And since I’ve heard the manga is better I can’t wait to read it now!

  8. 4 out of 5

    a secret agent fangirl

    The best manga I've ever read; the story is thrilling, the characters are well designed, the art style is stunning. This deserves a 5 star rating without even blinking. The best manga I've ever read; the story is thrilling, the characters are well designed, the art style is stunning. This deserves a 5 star rating without even blinking.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This was different! I don't think I've ever read a dystopian manga before so that's cool. I'm intrigued. This was different! I don't think I've ever read a dystopian manga before so that's cool. I'm intrigued.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate (Reading Through Infinity)

    Surprisingly, I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I enjoyed the first episode of the anime, but I think this was largely due to the fact that I already knew what was going to happen. The anime portrays the events with more dynamism and pace, but I still loved this first volume and will be picking up volume 2 immediately. Surprisingly, I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I enjoyed the first episode of the anime, but I think this was largely due to the fact that I already knew what was going to happen. The anime portrays the events with more dynamism and pace, but I still loved this first volume and will be picking up volume 2 immediately.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    Gah. Cliff hanger. If I didn't already know what was happening, that would really drive me up a wall. Actually, if you've seen the anime, there's not much to gain by reading the manga just yet. I assume there will be more info we didn't get in the anime eventually, but so far it's pretty much the same. Also, "Nezumi" sounds much better as a name than just "Rat" (the translation). Just my personal opinion there. Anyway, this is the story of Shion, a member of the elite class of geniuses, and how he f Gah. Cliff hanger. If I didn't already know what was happening, that would really drive me up a wall. Actually, if you've seen the anime, there's not much to gain by reading the manga just yet. I assume there will be more info we didn't get in the anime eventually, but so far it's pretty much the same. Also, "Nezumi" sounds much better as a name than just "Rat" (the translation). Just my personal opinion there. Anyway, this is the story of Shion, a member of the elite class of geniuses, and how he fell from grace by helping a wanted criminal, "Rat." He then witnesses two mysterious deaths and is on the run from city officials with the help of the boy (now all grown up) that he saved back then. It's a dystopian series that pushes the boundary of what we (meaning Westerners) have come to expect from YA dystopia fiction and from shoujo. It's definitely worth a read if you like sci fi, especially the dystopian genre.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    The synopsis to this sounded interesting but it feels really familiar in a way I don't like. It's about a seemingly perfect, but authoritarian city, closed off to the rest of the world by a metal wall. A boy, Shion, lives in the best part of No. 6 (the name of the entire walled city), until he hides a fugitive. The city strips him of his rank and he and his mother have to live in the slums. The fugitive, Rat, knows some secrets that wont be revealed. There is some strong m/m overtones in the mang The synopsis to this sounded interesting but it feels really familiar in a way I don't like. It's about a seemingly perfect, but authoritarian city, closed off to the rest of the world by a metal wall. A boy, Shion, lives in the best part of No. 6 (the name of the entire walled city), until he hides a fugitive. The city strips him of his rank and he and his mother have to live in the slums. The fugitive, Rat, knows some secrets that wont be revealed. There is some strong m/m overtones in the manga, which isn't my thing. But if you like overt flirting between boys this might be for you. I just felt the characters weren't very interesting and I absolutely HATE having to learn about a world through a naive character and a more hardened one who knows everything but wont say anything. Anyway. Was totally underwhelmed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    This anime has been recommended to me more times than I can count, but I can't find it anywhere—so here we are! Real rating is 4.5 stars. I don't have a ton to say, really. I love the art style, and queer sci-fi, especially dystopian, is my comfort niche genre. (It's telling that I'm reading this instead of studying for my physics test.) Also, plague bugs? What knocked that .5 off my rating was just a bit of confusion or feeling of disconnect from the characters, particularly in the first chapter; This anime has been recommended to me more times than I can count, but I can't find it anywhere—so here we are! Real rating is 4.5 stars. I don't have a ton to say, really. I love the art style, and queer sci-fi, especially dystopian, is my comfort niche genre. (It's telling that I'm reading this instead of studying for my physics test.) Also, plague bugs? What knocked that .5 off my rating was just a bit of confusion or feeling of disconnect from the characters, particularly in the first chapter; I felt Shion's actions were a bit random and unrealistic at times since his thought process wasn't expressed to the reader. I believe this was originally a novel, though, which explains it. Otherwise, I really enjoyed Vol. 1 and will definitely be continuing with this series (and returning to reread, 100%). Would recommend!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Venesa

    *based on whole series* Pretty art and an interesting storyline. The relationship between the two main characters, Nezumi and Shion, is beautiful and sweet and not forced in any way. They have an obvious deep affection/love for each other without there being any heavy focus on it, and its lovely to see that theres no disgust/hate when one boy kisses the other, its just natural. The anime is also very good, but the manga has more depth and more consistent art in terms of quality. Only 4 stars bec *based on whole series* Pretty art and an interesting storyline. The relationship between the two main characters, Nezumi and Shion, is beautiful and sweet and not forced in any way. They have an obvious deep affection/love for each other without there being any heavy focus on it, and its lovely to see that theres no disgust/hate when one boy kisses the other, its just natural. The anime is also very good, but the manga has more depth and more consistent art in terms of quality. Only 4 stars because of some plot holes

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I loved reading this. I watched the anime back when I was younger and have been wanting to read this. The artwork is great and it had me think what, wow, cool, and holy... Yeah, I loved it. The characters are so diverse and the fact that the city is totally weird makes me intrigued.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    I still have no idea where this is going but I am entertained.

  17. 5 out of 5

    ayyy shion and nezumi better break my heart again this time 😩

  18. 4 out of 5

    Supermomochan (PeachyFishyBooks)

    I liked this! it was nice to read a GOOD dystopian! There was a lot of set up in this volume, so I can't wait for later volumes! I am excited to see what happens! I liked this! it was nice to read a GOOD dystopian! There was a lot of set up in this volume, so I can't wait for later volumes! I am excited to see what happens!

  19. 5 out of 5

    GlutenFreePixels

    This was so good and deserves more awareness!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emily G

    I'm staying with Kati so I grabbed the opportunity to read this manga, as it sounded exactly the sort of thing I like, and I was right :-)! No.6 is a city of the future where everyone's lives are controlled by computer. Shion is a young boy who has been identified for the elite stream of education that brings a privileged life. This world comes to an end the night he decides to go out into a storm and rescues a young, injured fugitive known as Rat. Shion and Rat don't meet until four years later, I'm staying with Kati so I grabbed the opportunity to read this manga, as it sounded exactly the sort of thing I like, and I was right :-)! No.6 is a city of the future where everyone's lives are controlled by computer. Shion is a young boy who has been identified for the elite stream of education that brings a privileged life. This world comes to an end the night he decides to go out into a storm and rescues a young, injured fugitive known as Rat. Shion and Rat don't meet until four years later, when it is clear that neither has forgotten about the other. I am looking forward to reading more as Rat shows Shion his world beyond No.6.

  21. 4 out of 5

    L.M.

    I am completely, totally, utterly obsessed with No.6. The anime. The manga. Most especially the light novels. I adore them. A-D-O-R-E everything about this world and these characters. I love how each iteration of the story is slightly different from one another. It always keeps me guessing and trying to remember which story goes with which medium. It's enchanting--despite the fact that this story deals with some majorly hard themes and difficult situations. This volume of the manga was beautifull I am completely, totally, utterly obsessed with No.6. The anime. The manga. Most especially the light novels. I adore them. A-D-O-R-E everything about this world and these characters. I love how each iteration of the story is slightly different from one another. It always keeps me guessing and trying to remember which story goes with which medium. It's enchanting--despite the fact that this story deals with some majorly hard themes and difficult situations. This volume of the manga was beautifully illustrated and captured the same story you find in the anime and light novels in a compelling way. I am looking forward to the second installment.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily Elizabeth

    ETA (7/9): Read and loved. This is a new series that I'm definitely going to pre-order and read all the way through. I'm so glad to be back in this world! The anime was brilliant, hopefully, this manga will be as well. (view spoiler)[With Shion and Rat living with his mom in No. 6, please? I JUST NEED SHION AND RAT 2GETHA 5EVA. (hide spoiler)] YESSSSS. FINALLY. YOU EXIST. PRAISE. Good thing I get birthday money next week. ETA (7/9): Read and loved. This is a new series that I'm definitely going to pre-order and read all the way through. I'm so glad to be back in this world! The anime was brilliant, hopefully, this manga will be as well. (view spoiler)[With Shion and Rat living with his mom in No. 6, please? I JUST NEED SHION AND RAT 2GETHA 5EVA. (hide spoiler)] YESSSSS. FINALLY. YOU EXIST. PRAISE. Good thing I get birthday money next week.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Addison

    3.5 stars, really I got this added to our conservative Mississippi library and I'm the first person to check it out. I wonder how long it takes for someone to complain and get it pulled off the shelves! "I want your sperm" is easily one of the worst ways to ask someone for casual sex. Shouting "you don't even know sex" is also a weird way to beg someone to continue living. I'm so glad I'm not infected with bees. 3.5 stars, really I got this added to our conservative Mississippi library and I'm the first person to check it out. I wonder how long it takes for someone to complain and get it pulled off the shelves! "I want your sperm" is easily one of the worst ways to ask someone for casual sex. Shouting "you don't even know sex" is also a weird way to beg someone to continue living. I'm so glad I'm not infected with bees.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sean O'Hara

    While the source material is good, I find this adaptation lacks oomph to drive the story forward.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah ~Sehrenity~

    Read for the first time in July, again in November.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Naailah

    Wow, everything about this is amazing from the art to the story to Shion and Rat. I ship them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Nunn

    NO.6 is a very interesting manga and I do recommend to young adults and manga lovers everywhere. The reason why is because the way it seems draws you in because of the drama danger and romance

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

    This is another series I discover late. I just finish watching the anime and I needed more! The story take place in a futuristic perfect city named No.6. The M.C is Shion, a child prodigy part of the Elite. On his twelve birthdays, the boy left a window open during a storm, allowing Nezumi (Rat in the US translation, which I do not like…) an injured teen in his house. Shion found out that he is a fugitive from the correction factory but take care of his wounds and give him some of his clothes anyw This is another series I discover late. I just finish watching the anime and I needed more! The story take place in a futuristic perfect city named No.6. The M.C is Shion, a child prodigy part of the Elite. On his twelve birthdays, the boy left a window open during a storm, allowing Nezumi (Rat in the US translation, which I do not like…) an injured teen in his house. Shion found out that he is a fugitive from the correction factory but take care of his wounds and give him some of his clothes anyway. The two boys share some sort of connection, even for a brief moment. Four year later, Shion work as a park cleaner and find a mysterious dead body. The teenager has lost all his privileges as an Elite since he got caught harboring a violent criminal (aka Nezumi) by the security bureau. Even if the lost a lot, he doesn’t have any regrets and would help Nezumi in a heartbeat if the chance strike again. Talk about making a impression… One of his co-workers due the same way as the mysterious corpse, and a bee seem involve. (And now you are wondering, WTF is happening….) Shion realise that the Security Bureau is not what is seems and make a risky escape outside No.6 with Nezumi with came back to saves his ass. The criminal is quite harsh and tell him to abandon the memories of his old life behind, it is the only way to survive outside of the city. Life in No.6 is appearance and nothing by a lie. I love it! It is action pack, have some nice bounding moments between the two boys, some science-fiction/dystopian elements. The anime has done a good job for the 1st volume since it is mostly the same. I really hope the manga will flesh-out things a little bit more. Looking forward to reads the rest of this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paul Spence

    The rulers of No. 6 claim it is a Holy city where “despair has been eradicated.” Shion forsakes a privileged life and future to trust his own instincts and help someone in need. Years later the full effects of that choice, as well as possible truths about No. 6, will come back to him. While the central concept of an apparently utopian society with a rotten core is cliche at this point, the particular details of No. 6 and the way things are unfolding give the world/plot a lot of potential. There’s The rulers of No. 6 claim it is a Holy city where “despair has been eradicated.” Shion forsakes a privileged life and future to trust his own instincts and help someone in need. Years later the full effects of that choice, as well as possible truths about No. 6, will come back to him. While the central concept of an apparently utopian society with a rotten core is cliche at this point, the particular details of No. 6 and the way things are unfolding give the world/plot a lot of potential. There’s already been a couple of (minor) surprises to keep things intriguing. The Shounen-Ai element seems a bit blatant, and it would have been nice to have it more subtle and natural. The characters irk me a bit, and the villains are almost mustache twirling in their depictions, but there’s room for growth in both aspects. I didn’t love this initial volume of No. 6, but there are some nice touches and enough here to make me curious about where things are going. I’m not in a rush to get the next volume, but can see myself reading more at some point.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Konstantin R.

    [rating = C+] On the back, one review (and it's strange to see a review for a manga) said that this was genre-bending sci-fi. However, it really does nothing much to the idea of The Perfect/Holy City trope, though the inclusion of gay/bi-curious characters is something new. I wish there had been more information setting-up the setting. Well, there was the bit in the front, but I sort of skipped that; frankly, it was kinda awkward to just throw it there and not integrate it into the narrative bett [rating = C+] On the back, one review (and it's strange to see a review for a manga) said that this was genre-bending sci-fi. However, it really does nothing much to the idea of The Perfect/Holy City trope, though the inclusion of gay/bi-curious characters is something new. I wish there had been more information setting-up the setting. Well, there was the bit in the front, but I sort of skipped that; frankly, it was kinda awkward to just throw it there and not integrate it into the narrative better. I will say, though, that the ending was interesting, and I am now reading the next in the series. The ecological take on what might destroy the human race or No.6 the Holy City is intriguing. Though this could have been better, especially since it's the first in the series, it does make the reader ask for more.

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